Forums to be next step in search for UI’s president

The University of Illinois system plans to hold public forums on its three campuses in December to seek input on the search for a new president.

The committee is starting to build a pool of applicants, according to a University press release. Forums will be held Dec. 2 at the Chicago campus, Dec. 3 at the Urbana campus and Dec. 8 in Springfield.

The University wants to hire a replacement for outgoing President B. Joseph White by July 2010.

White will leave his job on Dec. 31. He turned in his resignation after news reports and a state examination revealed that politically connected applicants were admitted to the Urbana campus over better–qualified applicants.